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Updated: 11/24/2013 08:00:01AM

Locals get down and dirty

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

A water cannon blasts runners during Saturday’s Tippecanoe 5K Mud Run, one of 11 obstacles faced during the annual event, which supports Charlotte County natural resources.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Van Johnson shows off his dirty dungarees after finishing the Tippecanoe 5K Mud Run, while fellow competitors line up to clean off.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Englewood’s Brody, 5, left, and Riley Catanzarite, 3, join their grandfather, Mark Callman of Port Charlotte, for a dig at the Fossil Fun Zone during Saturday’s Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival.

SUN PHOTOS BY GARY ROBERTS

Onlookers watch competitors coming out of the tubes and into the mud to finish the Tippecanoe 5K Mud Run, held Saturday at Tippecanoe Environmental Park.

SUN PHOTOS BY GARY ROBERTS

Blake Bullard, at left, and Connor Citro, both 10, came all the way from North Fort Myers to the Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival to test their skills at casting, receiving a free fishing rod and reel for their efforts from the Fish Florida Foundation.

By GARY ROBERTS

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MURDOCK — As they trudge across the finish line, covered in mud from head to toe, it’s hard to tell the competitors apart — except for one.

“Yes, I wear overalls,” said Van Johnson, 65. “Usually I wear white ones.”

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